"He went through six operations and was placed on a clinical trial so he could try new treatments.”
A trial looking to improve brain surgery using a new type of imaging (HELICoiD)
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This trial is looking at whether a new type of imaging can improve brain surgery.
More about this trial
Surgeons use their eyes to see the difference between normal brain tissue cells and tumour cells during surgery. Researchers hope a new type of imaging will help show the difference between the cells so surgery is more accurate.
This new type of imaging is called Hyperspectral imaging. It works by taking pictures during the surgery using a special spectral camera. Samples are removed from the brain where the pictures are taken to see what part is tumour and what is healthy tissue. These samples are tiny – up to 1ml in total volume.
If the results are good, and a difference can be seen, surgeons want to use this imaging in the future for brain surgery.
The aims of the study are to find out if hyperspectral imaging can:
- see the difference between normal brain cells and tumour cells
- change the amount of brain tissue the surgeons have to remove
- show different types of tumours
Who can enter
You can join this trial if you are going to have surgery to a tumour in your brain at the Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton.
You have your operation at the Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton. You see your surgeon as normal after the operation but there is no follow up with the trial team.
There are no side effects from this trial. There are side effects from the surgery itself. You doctor will go through these with you.
How to join a clinical trial
Mr Diederik Bulters
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust